Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 6 May 2015

Karn dies following cancer fight

Duran Duran's John Taylor
Duran Duran's John Taylor

Duran Duran's John Taylor has paid tribute to Mick Karn, the bass player with 80s chart act Japan, who has died after fighting cancer.

Karn, 52, co-founded the arty group and his fretless bass gave the music a distinctive sound.

The Duran Duran star called him "one of the great visual and sound stylists of the late-70s/early-80s".

A message posted on Japan singer David Sylvian's website said: "May his suffering be at an end, may he find eternal peace."

Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine said: "Nobody who loved music in the early 80s can have missed Mick Karn. His bass playing was at the forefront of every important Japan song - sensual and stylish."

Karn died on Tuesday surrounded by family at his home in Chelsea, a statement on his website said.

After years as a cult act, Karn and the band achieved a number of chart hits between 1981 and 1983, many of them re-releases. The band's breakthrough album - 1982's Tin Drum, which included the number five hit Ghosts - was their last.

Karn went on to form the group Dali's Car with ex-Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy for one album. They had been due to record together again but Karn was diagnosed with cancer last summer.

The musician, who also played saxophone, was born Andonis Michaelides and moved with his family from Cyprus to south-east London when he was three.

A message announcing his death said: "He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all." He is survived by his wife and son.

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